The Early Edition: Glancing The Major Headlines For 13th April, 2015

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APC Sweeps Governorship Polls

WITH ferocious intensity, the All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday, swept into its kitty most of the 29 governorship seats contested at the weekend. The huge victory has catapulted the party to the enviable position of the dominant party in Nigeria.

With the results announced at press time, the APC won in 19 states and was leading in Plateau and Kebbi states while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) won in Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Gombe and Enugu and was coasting home to victory in Rivers, Delta and Taraba.

This came as the PDP made in-road to the Lagos State House of Assembly winning six seats for the first time as APC’s Mr Akinwunmi Ambode won a tightly contested governorship election beating PDP’s Jimi Agbaje.



Abia Governorship Election Result Stalemated

The  results of Saturday’s governorship election in Abia stalemated mid-way following the reversal of the cancellation of three local governments results by the Returning Officer, Prof. Benjamin Ozumba.

Ozumba had announced the cancellation of results from Osisioma, Obingwa and Isialangwa North Local Government Areas on the grounds of “incontrovertible evidence of violence” and reports from international observers.

The returning officer reversed the decision after Gov. Theodore Orji-led chieftains of PDP consulted with the Resident Electoral Officer, REC, Prof. Selina Oko and Ozumba.

Ozumba said the cancellation was reversed due to fresh information concerning the conduct of the election in the three council areas.



INEC Declares Imo Governorship Election Inconclusive

The INEC Returning  Officer for the governorship election in Imo State,  Prof Ibidapo Obe has  declared  the  results of Imo state governorship  election inconclusive following detected electoral mal practices in some local government area.

After counting and collation, summary of  Imo governorship election results is as follows:

APC: 385,671

PDP: 306,142

Margin of win: 79,529

Cancelled Votes: 144,715

Verdict: Election is Inconclusive



DG Clears The Air On Promotion Scandal Rocking NSITF

MANAGING Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund, NSITF, Munir Abubakar, weekend, cleared the air on the promotion scandal rocking the Fund.

According to him, every promotion is guided by the federal character policy.

The board and management had been accused of favouritism in promotion by a section of the workers, a development that brought bad blood among the old and new staff, which generated unhealthy environment in the organisation.

But the Managing Director denied any form of favouritism in promotion of workers in NSITF and rather said that every worker was treated fairly according to the rules.



How PDP Won Governorship Election In Akwa-Ibom

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, candidate, Mr Udom Emmanuel, has been declared winner of the governorship election in Akwa Ibom State.

Announcing the result of the election, yesterday in Uyo, Returning Officer for the election, Prof. James Epoke, said Emmanuel scored 996, 071 votes to defeat his All Progressives Congress, APC, opponent, Mr Umana Umana, who polled 89, 865 votes.

Other results, according to him, are Sen. Helen Esuene of Labour Party, 8,600 votes and Accord Party candidate, Mr Samuel Akpan, who polled 10, 598 votes.

Epoke said that Emmanuel won in all the 31 local government areas in the state.



North Central, North East Battle For Senate Presidency

THE battle for Senate presidency appears to have shifted between the North Central and North East geo-political zones among the most ranking members, following the Senate Standing Order that favours long years of service in Senate.

The 7th Senate is expected to come to an end about June 2 this year, while the Senate leadership is expected to be constituted for the 8th Senate within the week.

At present, the Senate presiding officer, Senate President, David Mark, is from Benue State of the North Central alongside the Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, while Senator Abubakar Saraki who is also one of the contenders for the position, from Kwara State, is also of the North Central get-political zone.

But there is a political bloc from the North East that feels that the Senate presidency had been in the North Central for about eight years and even the Senate minority leader and the people behind this ‘power must rotate’, are projecting Senator Ahmad Lawan from Yobe State.



Polls: INEC Urges Losers To Go To Tribunals

THE Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, yesterday, asked contestants in Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections to accept all results officially declared by it.
This was even as it urged those not satisfied with the outcome of the polls to seek redress at the tribunal.

It, however, promised to launch a full-scale investigations into cases of violent incidents in most states of the federation during the conduct of the polls.

The Commission’s chairman,Professor Attahiru Jega, in a statement, through his Chief Press Secretary,Mr. Kayode Idowu, tasked every citizen to maintain peace as the results of the elections were being processed.



Hilary, Hungry For White House, Wants To Be First American Female President

Hillary Clinton finally announced her White House candidacy Sunday, a move that empowers her to parry Republican attacks as she seeks to become the United States’ first female president.

Seven years after her bitter nomination defeat to Barack Obama, the former secretary of state and first lady jumps into the race as the Democratic Party’s overwhelming favorite, as Clinton and her rivals gird for a bruising 18-month campaign.

“I’m running for president,” a beaming Clinton said in a video on her campaign website that went live at about 3:00 pm (1900 GMT) Sunday.

“Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion, so you can do more than just get by. You can get ahead, and stay ahead,” she said, after a two-minute clip featuring middle-class and working-class couples and families sharing their aspirations.



Tambuwal, El-Rufa’i, Masari, Ganduje Win

The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has won 14 governorship seats according to results from 16 states announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday.
The Peoples Democratic Party of President Goodluck Jonathan won in four states, but lost four of its former strongholds to the APC.
The APC candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari defeated Mr. Jonathan in the March 28 Presidential election.
Nigerians went to the polls on Saturday in the second round of voting to elect governors and members of state houses of assembly in 29 states.
Of the results so far announced, the APC has retained Kano, Sokoto, Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Kwara, Yobe and Imo states. It also won five states controlled by the PDP namely, Kaduna, Katsina, Bauchi Adamawa, Kebbi and Plateau.
The PDP has retained Gombe, Enugu, Akwa Ibom and Ebonyi states. With most results counted the party is on the verge of losing three more states to the opposition APC. These are, Benue, Jigawa and Niger states.



Ministers To Declare Asset, Says Buhari

The President-elect retired General Muhammadu Buhari has said as part of his fight against corruption, ministers in his administration and other appointees must declare their assets before and after serving in his administration to ensure accountability.

He said that he would make his ministerial appointees to declare their assets publicly.
In an exclusively with Sahara TV yesterday he spoke on his plans to deal with corruption as well as ensuring transparency in government’s finance.
“All those that were governors, ministers, permanent secretaries, head of foreign staff and all those with political appointments will have to declare their assets on the assumption of their appointment and definitely with the courts. And once they leave they have to re-declare their assets,” he said.



Ribadu Accepts Defeat, Prays For Adamawa

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Adamawa State, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, has conceded victory to the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Jubril Bindow, saying he accepts the defeat in good faith.

Ribadu in a statement through his media office yesterday, also congratulated the winner of the election.
“I came into this race with lofty dreams and clear vision for our dear state, but the voice of the majority has not given me this chance. I take this in good faith.
“I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the winner and pray that at the end of it all our dear state will witness the needed progress and development it so much desires,” he stated.



APC Leader Accuses INEC Of Colluding With PDP To Shift Election In Bayelsa

Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Mr. Godwin Sidi, has accused the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to shift the assembly polls in some constituencies in the state.
Sidi, who is a former publicity secretary of the defunct New PDP, made the accusation at a press conference in Yenagoa yesterday.
He said the reasons adduced by INEC in the state for postponing eight constituency polls were not tenable, insisting that INEC should explain the whereabouts of election materials which necessitated the shift.
The INEC had in a statement  issued by the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Baritor Kpagih, on Friday rescheduled elections in eight state constituencies in the state.



Maku Blames INEC, Soldiers Over Loss To Al-Makura

Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Nasarawa State Labaran Maku yesterday blamed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and armed soldiers for his loss to Governor Tanko Al-Makura.
He alleged that the two government agencies collaborated with Al-Makura to frustrate the voting process in Saturday’s election.
Maku told Daily Trust on telephone that Al-Makura’s victory did not come from the people, alleging that the governor benefited from a tainted mandate made possible by what he described as “collaboration between his party, INEC and soldiers to frustrate the electoral process.”
But Mohammed Musa Ilu, Director General of Ta’al Campaign Organisation, in his reaction said there were manipulations perpetrated by Maku’s agents, but which the APC decided to overlook.



Guber/ Assembly Polls Record 66 Violent Cases, Says INEC

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), has said that there were 66 reports of violent incidents targeted at polling units, the Commission’s officials, voters and election materials during last Saturday’s governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.

The Commission disclosed that it was already investigating these incidents and would bring the culprits to justice.

The statement read in part, “The Independent National Electoral Commission conducted Governorship and State Houses of Assembly elections across the country on Saturday, April 11, 2015. “Governorship elections were held in 29 States of the Federation, while State Assembly elections were held in 36 states. No election took place in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). “A general assessment shows that the elections went very well across the country. According to preliminary reports, 88.9 % of polling units opened for accreditation between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. across the country. “Only 5.2 % were yet to open as of 1 pm.

Also, 73 % of the polling units had commenced voting by 2.30 p.m. “The process of accreditation with Smart Card Readers was also successful in a majority of the polling units.



Lagos: Agbaje Congratulates Ambode

THE governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), in Lagos State, Mr Jimi Agbaje, on Sunday, reportedly called to congratulate the All Progressives Congress, (APC), governorship candidate, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, for emerging winner of the April 11 polls.

Agbaje was said to have called Ambode at exactly 6:50pm. Agbaje, who wished the Governor-elect well, said he looked forward to seeing a better Lagos under Ambode. “I just made a phone call to congratulate Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress,” Agbaje said.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State chapter of the PDP, on Sunday, petitioned the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC), over alleged non usage of the Smart Card Readers during the April 11 governorship election in the state.

In a protest letter signed by the State Legal Adviser, Mr. Adeleke Adefala, the party called on the Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC), in Lagos to suspend the collation and release of the results pending investigation into the complaints.



Nigerians In Diaspora Blast Oba Akiolu

Nigerians in diaspora, under the umbrella of the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN), have flayed the Lagos monarch, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, for his threat against the Igbo people resident in the nation’s major commercial city.

The group, who took their protest to the International Criminal Court (ICC), The Hague, Netherlands and Nigerian High Commission, in London, stated that the Oba’s threat of throwing the Igbo people into the Lagos lagoon should his preferred candidate.

Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode of All Progressives Congress (APC), lose in the April 11 governorship polls, cannot and must not be swept under the carpet. The protesters described the threat as a hate speech that can be likened to that which triggered genocide in Rwanda, as well as that which led to the violence that caused the massacre of innocent members of the National Youth Service Corps NYSC) and many Nigerians in the 2011 elections and, therefore, called on the ICC to investigate it before a genocide took place.

Pointing out that Ndigbo were always at the receiving end of any crises even when they do not have any form of involvement in such ugly developments, spokesperson of the group, Mazi Chris Nsoedo, the said time had come for the government of Nigeria to be proactive, in preventing unwarranted incessant attacks on the South Easterners that were predominantly of the Igbo nation origin.

He maintained that Ndigbo were known for their positive contribution to their host communities, regardless of the hostilities, as exhibited by the Lagos monarch. Nsoedo prayed the Federal Government to decisively deal with the propagator of such hatred.



Ibori’s E89m Assets: Confiscation Trial Begins Today

The long awaited aborted confiscation of assets worth £89 million hearing of former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, begins today (Monday) at Southwark Crown Court, courtroom 8.

Billed to last for six weeks, both the Crown prosecutors and Ibori’s defence team, have this final chance to prove to Judge Anthony Pitts, whether the former Delta State governor unlawfully acquired these benefits by dipping his hands into the coffers of the oil rich state during his eight-year tenure or that he acquired them through lawful means.
But it is not just the legal teams who have everything to prove during the following six weeks, the judge himself, having revealed at the pre-hearing siting on March 30, that he has had to put an “important surgery on hold ” because of the case, is equally keen to get the facts right in order to make an informed ruling.

The hearing, which began on September 16, 2013, had been aborted twice, particularly due to the insistence of Ibori’s defence led by Ivan Krolick that the Crown must prove that the assets they want to rip off the hands of his client came directly from the funds of Delta State.

While the Crown had argued last year that Ibori had no money before he assumed the position of Governor in 1999, and as such, associating his wealth to the post, and his guilty plea before Pitts, Krolick, who took the brief after Ibori had been jailed, would have none of the basis for which the Crown wanted to conduct the confiscation.

In September of last year, he told the court, “he – Ibori – threw down a gauntlet and it may well be that it was he who is calling the bluff of the prosecution.”



JNI Refutes Collecting Jonathan’s N12bn, Threatens Legal Action

The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has refuted the allegation that it collected N12 billion from President Goodluck Jonathan to favour his second term bid and challenged the author of the rumour to provide evidence.

The organisation also threatened legal action if the author failed to substantiate, withdraw the publication and apologise to JNI.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Secretary General of JNI, Dr Khalid Aliyu, on Sunday in Kaduna. A copy of the statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said the allegation was publicised by one Obinna Akukwe, via an online medium with an e-mail address as

The statement said the allegation went viral on the social media and other electronic media platforms stating “JNI received N12 billion largesse from the out-going President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The most unfortunate part of the article was its deliberate and scantiest reference in the paragraph JNI featured, details were not provided at all, whereas, to some extent, nitty-gritties were provided for the other stated organisations,” it read in part.

The JNI, therefore, expressed worry over the scandalous allegation, considering the various concerns raised by well-meaning individuals, as a result of the weightiness of the allegation.

Henry Igwe

Henry Igwe

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